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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Elkin Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781456124069
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Stanley Elkin’s The Living End is a marvelously funny novel about life and death, heaven and hell. In it, the National Book Award-winning author sets into motion a divine comedy that will have you chuckling at his wry visions of celestial affairs. Ellerbee, the unassuming owner of a small liquor store, is fatally shot in a holdup. First, the Angel of Death ushers him into a wondrous heaven, but St. Peter has other, more infernal plans for this hero. After his transfer, Ellerbee discovers that hell is a busy place. Even God pays an occasional visit there. But the pep talks God delivers to its tormented residents aren’t anything like what he gave to Job. Veteran narrator George Guidall provides the perfect voices for the baffled Ellerbee, dutiful angels, and tattered souls who gather before God. He’ll make you feel right at home in this spirited world of sight gags, one liners, and cosmic pranks. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of dry and melancholy wit.”

    Library Journal

  • “Elkin’s books are magical riffs of irreverent wisdom.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Peterson | 1/23/2014

    " Hilarious. And touching. Kinda makes me wish I were a Jew. Puts a much needed new spin on many Biblical allusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiya | 1/18/2014

    " I laughed out loud. I winced. I questioned God. I felt bad for Him at the end. It was a trip, and a good one at that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 12/1/2013

    " Not Funny & Not a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 10/27/2013

    " What?? Guess I'm not the "literary" type. Back to my who-dun-it murder mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 robert | 10/11/2013

    " Part 1 is a flawless masterpiece of uncanny rightness. Parts 2 and 3 are elaborations of lesser interest, sparked by occasional moments of hilarity and an effective finale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Chiampa | 9/25/2013

    " jeremy let me read half of this and took it. i don't know what happens in the end but i really like what i did read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nosocialize | 6/17/2013

    " The first 50 pages are great...then he goes to Hell and it's a bore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cait | 6/5/2013

    " This reminded me of a shorter and smarter version of a Christopher Moore novel (no disrespect intended; believe me, Moore is no dummy). Only 3 stars because I thought it was strongest in the beginning and weakened a bit as it progressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Superbadgirl | 2/16/2013

    " Practically unintelligible writing. When I still could not ascertain the point of the book at 30% in, I gave up. Seriously, many passages read as gibberish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2013

    " A liquor store owner and the afterlife. He's asking himself why, and at the end, you find out. I read this book when Tim O'Brien lectured at the University of Texas (it was on CSPAN) and referenced this title as an inspiration. Let's just say, it's not theology, but it is a theory. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiersten | 11/19/2012

    " Started out great but then made zero sense, could barely finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/5/2012

    " re-read April 2012. Still liked it. Maybe three and a half stars this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connor Smith | 7/3/2012

    " Absurd, like Kurt Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/12/2012

    " A guy gets murdered and ends up in both heaven and hell for parts of the book. Some pretty imaginative, pretty blasphemous stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 4/21/2012

    " I expected to like this a lot, but didn't like it at all. A shame. I think it's probably an extremely clever book, and I'm sorry to Mr. Elkin that I didn't get a thing out of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/24/2011

    " just read it! An interesting twist on the simple but often overstated. A chance to laugh and cry at things that are too serious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Socorro | 11/27/2011

    " While it provided an interesting view of hell, and conversely heaven, it just was not all that interesting of a book. Crass and blasphemous does not mean it will be funny and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Silverman | 11/15/2011

    " This book is pretty funny and very bizarre. "

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About the Author
Author Stanley Elkin

Stanley Lawrence Elkin (1930–1995) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.